Bethells Beach, outside Auckland, is home to the rare dotterel and restricts vehicle use to preserve the bird's nesting sites. Taylor's film crew reportedly got the green light to shoot at Bethells but brought a small fleet of vans and vehicles with them. Cue the problemo.
"It's really disappointing that such a large number of vehicles would park all over the beach and drive all over the beach," Waitakere Ranges Local Board chairwoman Sandra Coney told Radio New Zealand.
Don't get all mad at Taylor, though. She wasn't personally responsible for those production logistics, according to the local production company in charge of the video shoot.
"We accept responsibility and apologize for this situation," Cherokee Films said in a statement to AFP. "Taylor Swift and her management team were in no way at fault and did not do anything that violated permits or ordinances."
As for the birds? The production company also stressed no dotterels or nests were harmed during the shoot and will also pay it forward to help ensure species preservation.
"In acknowledgement of the concern this has added to those in charge of protecting local Dotterel population Cherokee Films will make a donation to the breeding program as we support your concerns," the statement released to AFP announced.
There's no word on what song Taylor's new video is for. Rumors swirled that Tay was in New Zealand shooting a video last week when she ditched the American Music Awards.